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Jeffrey Hollister, Montrose


A domestic dispute call to state police on Nov. 6 has led to the arrest of Shannon Van Vleck, 34, Springville, on multiple charges, including simple assault and resisting arrest, according to court reports. Documents indicate that police were summoned to the Springville residence of Paula Ransom by Ransom’s daughter, Kristina Van Vleck, girlfriend of Shannon Van Vleck, after the latter allegedly came to the house drunk, broke in, and attacked both Kristina and her mother. According to reports, Kristina told police that Shannon had come to the house looking for a ride after he’d been out in her van with two juveniles, drinking, and they’d had an accident and fled the scene. Kristina alleged that when Shannon assaulted both her and her mother, Ransom had tried to scare him off with an empty shotgun, but Shannon had put the gun in his own mouth, daring Ransom to shoot him, and caused himself injury. Kristina further alleged that Shannon then kicked Ransom in the stomach and tried to get another weapon from a gun cabinet in the house, but she fought him off and he eventually fled. Documents state that police located Shannon at his residence, where he was combative and confrontational. Charges levied against him, in addition to those previously mentioned, include criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and harassment, along with providing liquor to minors and reckless endangerment, stemming from the alleged drinking with the juveniles, which reports state was confirmed by one of the juveniles. He was scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 14, but has asked for continuance twice in order to obtain legal counsel. His new court date is Dec. 19.

Montrose Borough Police have filed multiple charges against Christopher Arnold, S. Montrose, following a traffic stop in the borough on Nov. 5. According to reports, police allege that Arnold was found to be driving under the influence, among other charges, when he was stopped along Grow Ave. after information from the communications center indicated his vehicle was uninsured. Other charges include driving without a valid license, and documents state that Arnold maintained that his driver’s license had been revoked for failure to pay child support. Reports further allege that the officer observed open containers of alcoholic beverages in the vehicle and Arnold displayed signs of intoxication, prompting a field sobriety test, which he failed, and a portable breathalyzer test yielding a reported reading of .222, but that Arnold refused a blood test at EMHS. He is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 22.

Brett Van Tassel, Montrose, was also charged by Montrose Borough Police for DUI after being stopped on Nov. 4 for a headlight out. Reports allege that the officer detected a strong smell of alcohol on Van Tassel and administered a field sobriety test, which he failed. A blood test at EMHS yielded a result of .125, and charges of DUI and driving without a headlight were filed, according to court documents. Van Tassel is slated for court on Dec. 12.

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